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RATINGS ARE A FLAT CIRCLE NEWS

... HBO's True Detective looked into the stars last night during its season finale (which I reviewed!) and what looked back was a ton of eyeballs: 3.5 million people tuned in for the first airing, a very good number for a first-season show on HBO. By comparison, just over 3 million tuned in for the Season 1 finale of Game of Thrones, which is now HBO's biggest series. And the 11 million gross average viewers for True Detective's first season makes it the most-watched freshman series for HBO since the 2001 premiere of Six Feet Under. It's unclear how many of those viewers are paid subscribers, though. HBO GO, HBO's on-demand streaming service, broke under the weight of people trying to watch True Detective's finale, and many of those are believed to have been sharing passwords. Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us, you leeches! [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... The ratings were considerably more down-to-earth for Fox's out-of-this-world Cosmos. The remake of Carl Sagan's scientific saga was broadcast across 10 networks, including Fox, FX, FXX, and National Geographic, but still only managed to bring in 8.5 million viewers. One Fox projection had the company expecting northward of 40 million viewers. Doing a little quick math in my head, I can say that is a massive disappointment. That's what you get for for airing educational programming, Fox! More bikinis and explosions, please! [THR]

... ABC's new sorta-zombie drama Resurrection fared much better, notching the best-rated midseason drama debut on network television in two years. An impressive 13.3 million viewers tuned in on a busy Sunday evening, which was good for a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demo. But is the show any good? Glad you asked, because I reviewed it. [The Wrap]

... Cartoon Network just ordered a bazillion shows, so let's get through 'em as fast as we can! Over the Garden Wall is an animated miniseries about two brothers trapped in a mysterious land. Clarence follows an optimistic boy who wants to do everything and will debut on April 14. We Bare Bears centers on a trio of bears who are trying to assimilate into human society. There's also a slew of licensed shows, including a new Tom and Jerry, an updated Scooby-Doo! series called Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bugs Bunny in Wabbit, the Lego-branded series Ninjago, and Sonic the Hedgehog in the computer-animated Sonic Boom. Rounding out the roster are Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, Numb Chucks, and BeyRaiderz. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adult Swim has given the okay to Black Jesus, a live-action comedy from The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder. The show follows Jesus in present-day Compton, California, and stars Grand Theft Auto V's Gerald "Slink" Johnson. [Adult Swim via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) will star in Battle Creek, CBS's upcoming detective pilot from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan. He'll play one half of a pair of buddy cops assigned to keep the town of Battle Creek, Michigan crime-free, despite a lack of help from government resources. Dean Winters (Oz) plays his buddy. [TV Line]

... Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story: Coven) will recur on Fox's hip-hop drama Empire. The series stars Terrence Howard as the head of a record label who's about to take his empire to the next level. Sidibe will play his assistant. Also joining the cast is former Alphas star Malik Yoba, who will play Howard's friend and business partner. [Deadline Hollywood]

... When Psych says goodbye later this month, its star James Roday will already be working another job. Roday will star in the CBS comedy pilot Good Session, playing the manly half of a couple that ends up in couples therapy after deciding to have a baby. Chuck's Matt Miller created the show, with Fockers guru John Hamburg executive-producing and directing. [THR]

... Jennifer Beals has joined the TNT drama pilot Proof. The show is about a female surgeon (Beals) who starts investigating paranormal cases involving phenomena like reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, and so forth. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Robert Patrick (the T-1000) will co-star on CBS's drama pilot Scorpion. The series follows a group of really, really smart guys who serve as a line of defense against international threats. It's like Baby Geniuses but all grown up. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Louis C.K. will host Saturday Night Live again later this month! Look for him in the next new episode of the sketch show, which airs March 29. No musical guest has been announced, but who cares?! Louis C.K.! [EW]


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AIRED ON 3/9/2014

Season 1 : Episode 8

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